Nesset’s pretrial motions extended to February

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A motion has been granted to extend any pretrial motions until Friday, Feb. 6 in the federal child pornography case involving former professor of English, Kirk Nesset.

Nesset, an award-winning writer, pleaded not guilty on Oct. 15, 2014 to receipt, distribution and possession of child pornography.

“The parties would like additional time to discuss possible resolution of the case,” the motion reads. “To this point, such discussions have been put on hold so that the government’s investigator could conduct additional forensic analysis of the defendant’s computer.”

Additionally, a motion filed on Nov. 24, 2014 by Nesset’s attorney stated that Nesset would like to travel to Prescott, Ariz. to tend to his house in the event that he is incarcerated and take care of his elderly father. The motion was granted and following a recent motion filed on Jan. 8, Nesset’s stay in Arizona was extended until Sunday, Feb. 1.

Nesset was arrested on Oct. 1, 2014 after federal and state officers executed a search warrant where they found more than 500,000 videos and images of child pornography on shared file. On Oct. 2, 2014 Nesset resigned from the college. On Oct. 14, 2014 he was indicted, citing child pornographic activities taking place over the span of nine years, from 2005 to 2014.

If found guilty, Nesset faces a minimum sentence of five years in prison.

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